John Lesson 20 Day 4

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John Lesson 20 Day 4

John 15:9-17

10. a. Love and joy perfected

Jesus said, “I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts.” John 15:9 TPT

The love of the Father toward his only-begotten Son is the highest affection we can imagine. (Barnes paraphrased)

“This surely is Christ’s superlative word concerning His love for His own. It leaves nothing more to be said. What the love of the Father is for the Son, who can tell? The very suggestion fills the soul with the sense of profound depths which cannot be fathomed.” (Morgan)

Out of their love relationship, Jesus desires to please the Father by doing everything He sees the Father doing. (See John 5:19)

If Jesus who “maintained a living communion” with God said He can do nothing by Himself, neither can we. (See Wuest quote below)

When we maintain a living communion with Jesus, He calls us friends. Just as He and God are co-equal, Jesus sees us as His close friends and partners. “When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” NLT

What an awe-inspiring, humbling, privilege and mystery!

Oh how deep,

Oh how wide,

Oh how long,

Oh how high is your love for me.

(Lyrics from Oh How Deep by Laura Rhinehart)

b. Privileges — honors; something granted as a special favor (Merriam-Webster.com)

His joy and his love

  • Chosen—Jesus took the initiative in choosing his disciples. Usually, “disciples attached themselves to a particular Rabbi.” (Morris)
  • Friendship with the Master—At that time, the relationship between a disciple and his rabbi was not expected to be a friendship. (Guzik)
  • Answered prayer
  • Bearing much fruit
  • Knowing things from the Father

11. a. “…you should be loving one another with a divine and self-sacrificial love just at I loved you.” (WuestNT)

Love obeys Jesus and lays down its life for others. (Spirit Filled Life Bible, pg 1616)

“As I have loved you. That is, with the same tender affection, willing to endure trials, to practice self-denials, and, if need be, to lay down your lives for each other, 1 John 3:16.”
Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament.

When I first read this question, I thought of Gary Chapman’s book The 5 Love Languages.

Then I realized, Jesus and all of His followers faced massive persecution for years to come. Unless they looked out for each other, where else could they turn? In many towns, the Jews would not allow Christians to work, buy, or sell.

Love is not superficial. It goes beyond being friendly.

Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?” James 2:15-16 NLT

b. When love is a verb.

Even if we do not feel love toward someone, we can make a choice to act lovingly. It involves sacrifice sometimes.

About eight years ago, we heard about a young man in our church who needed a place to live. His wife who was not a believer flew into a violent rage every time he went home.

We agreed to let him to move in with us for about six months. It was inconvenient. Sometimes his toddler son woke us up during the night.

My parents set a good example when I was young. They invited several needy and troubled people to stay with us over the years.

12. a. Chosen and appointed to bear fruit

We, too, can glorify the Father when we bear fruit.

“I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:16-17 NLT (emphasis added)

“In this my Father is glorified, namely, that you are bearing much fruit.”

John 15:5 (WuestNT) 
“If you maintain a living communion with me and my words are at home in you, I command you to ask, at once, something for yourself, whatever your heart desires, and it will become yours. In this my Father is glorified, namely, that you are bearing much fruit. So shall you become my disciples. Just as the Father loved me, I also loved you. Remain within the sphere of the love which is mine. If my commandments you keep, you will remain within the sphere of my love, just as I have kept the commandments of my Father and am remaining within the sphere of His love. (Emphasis added)


My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 20 Day 4 ~ John 15:9-17

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